The Griffin Fire is 100% contained. This means that a control line has been completed around the entire fire perimeter with a reasonable expectation that fire will not spread beyond that point. Smoldering will continue within the fire’s perimeter until significant moisture is received over the fire area. Firefighters are nearing completion on chipping and grading to restore roads impacted by fire suppression efforts.
Firefighters inserted by helicopter on the Alder Fire yesterday were successful in suppressing areas of heat near the fire’s edge on the ridgetop. Crews continue to monitor the fire where it is inaccessible in steep, rugged terrain. Firefighters continue to chip materials along the 1300 Road to the east of the fire.
Firefighters used heavy equipment to improve access to areas east of the Rockhouse Fire. This will provide opportunities for firefighters to access the fire from roads if necessary in the future. Firefighters will be in the area to monitor, patrol and respond to any new fires detected.
Significant warming and drying is predicted through the upcoming holiday weekend. Excessive heat with temperatures climbing above 100 degrees is forecasted for lower elevations. No precipitation is forecasted for the next few days. Weather conditions could allow fire behavior to pick up in the afternoon.
Today is the last day for a South Central Arizona Smoke Outlook at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/SouthCentralArizona. Smoke production has almost ceased. Any smoke generated will likely be within the interior of the fire as flames creep through unburned pockets of vegetation. Smoke is not likely to move far beyond the fire perimeter. Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y3xp4cy3.
Firefighters are focused on protecting values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. Challenges include extreme temperatures and steep and remote terrain. Firefighter and public safety are the highest priority. Firefighters are working to protect local communities; power lines; mines; range improvements; historical, cultural, and ceremonial sites; and natural resources. We are working with nearby Incident Management Teams and agency administrators to share resources where they are needed most.
This region is experiencing an active fire season and all residents should consider themselves in “READY” status, be aware of hazards, and keep up to date on changing conditions. For current emergency management information, visit Gila County Emergency Management at http://www.readygila.com/or San Carlos Apache Tribe Emergency Response Commission https://tinyurl.com/y50067jr. Learn more about Ready (Prepare Now) – Set (Be Alert) – Go (Evacuate) at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.
Highway 60 is open. There is a reduced speed limit of 55 mph along Highway 60 due to firefighters working in the area. Please use caution when travelling, observe posted speed limits, and drive with lights on for safety. For current road status call 511, visit https://az511.gov/, https://www.az511.com/aout/mobileapp, or follow https://twitter.com/ArizonaDOT.
Road 1300 near Highway Tanks, SC Route 6, and Road 900 remain closed on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
The Tonto National Forest has issued Public Safety Closure Orders for the areas impacted by these fires. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices for details.
Temporary Flight Restrictions are in effect. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t! Every time a drone is spotted near a fire, all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
Fire Information: 928-421-4539
Email: [email protected]
Griffin Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7020/
Alder Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7113/
Rockhouse Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7103/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaltGinGriffinFire and https://www.facebook.com/SCATFORESTRY
Arizona Fire Information: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/ and https://ein.az.gov/
Gila County Emergency Management: http://www.readygila.com/
San Carlos Apache Tribe Emergency Response Commission (TERC): https://tinyurl.com/y50067jr
Interactive Fire Map: https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/
Griffin, Meddler, Alder, Rock House , Juniper Fires Fire Information Officer
Email: [email protected]
Public Information: 928-412-4539
Media Information: 928-421-4579
Griffin Fire Details:
Vegetation: Grass and Brush
Location: 5 miles northeast of Globe, AZ in the Apache mountains west of Hwy60
The Griffin Fire (started 8/17) merged with the Gin Fire (started 8/16) and Champion Fire (started 8/23).
Alder Fire Details: 633 acres
Vegetation: Grass and Brush Started 8/27
Location: 16 miles north of San Carlos, AZ
Rockhouse Fire Details: 19,506 acres
Vegetation: Grass and Brush Started 8/21
Location: 22 miles southeast of San Carlos, AZ
Resources: 419 total including: 7 Crews; 17 Engines; 5 bulldozers; 7 water tenders; 7 helicopters